Handy Tool for PDF Manipulation: Able2Extract 9

There are some very unpopular words among working people. One of them is certainly the “deadline”. When the time comes to quickly wrap up projects, there’s nothing like productivity tools to help us finish everything by this dreaded deadline.

One of the tools that belong in this group is a PDF converter. A comprehensive PDF conversion tool helps its users in many ways. It helps speed up the process of converting PDF data into editable formats, so that users can edit, process and analyze them. It also allows people to quickly save their project to PDF and then password protects it. That’s the safest and professional way to send a completed project to people who are expecting it.

Able2Extract PDF Converter is an example of a tool that’s good to have for any project that involves working with digital files. It includes all main PDF manipulation features and, most importantly, it is created for all computer users, from the most inept to very tech-savvy.

The three main features of Able2Extract are converting, creating and securing PDFs. Here’s a quick guide to using them:

1. Convert PDF to MS Office, OpenOffice, AutoCAD and more

First download Able2Extract and start the program.

Click on the Open button on the toolbar (check out the image below)


Go through your file folders and find a PDF that you want to convert to an editable format. Double-click on it and it will open in Able2Extract.   

Now click on either Select All (to select the whole document) or Select Area (to select only a part of the document with your mouse).

Convert PDF to MS Office, OpenOffice, AutoCAD and more









Next, convert the PDF to your desired format:

convert the PDF to your desired format

Whenever you are unsure about the next step, just follow the instructions in the balloons that the software provides. They clearly explain what to do.

2. Create a PDF from any printable document

Creating PDFs with Able2Extract is extremely easy and quick. It only requires two clicks.
Click on the Create button.


How to create a PDF from any printable document


Select a document from your file folders that you want to convert to PDF and double-click on it.

If you want to create a PDF from any printable file, without opening Able2Extract application, you can simply open your document and go to the Print option.


Create a PDF from any printable document

Choose Able2Extract from available virtual printers and click on Print above it. Your PDF will be created immediately.

3. Secure your PDF document

If you want to control whether people who receive your PDF file can print, copy and edit your document, you can secure it by adding passwords and file permissions to the PDF. Here’s how:

Open the document you want to protect and click on View, and then on PDF Creation Options:

Secure your PDF document

In the box that appears click on Security, and then mark the Secure PDF option:


Secure your PDF document

When you set a password for the Owner and User of the PDF, you’ll be able to check all file permissions that you want:


Secured app for PDF Manipulation

These are the basic functions of Able2Extract, but the tool offers many more options for PDF and file document manipulation. For example, users can customize their documents prior to conversion into an editable format (which significantly saves time for further file processing). They can also edit PDF pages and change their document information. Last but not least, people who are chasing after deadlines can have great use of Able2Extract’s batch conversion function, where they can open as many PDFs as they want and convert them all at once into their desired format.

To explore all these options, users can download the free trial version and use it for one week.

Holiday give away: Thanks to the team Able2Extract9, we have 1 (one) licence of this software, available for free to use, for our global readers, you have to post our URL to the social networks like Blogger, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or so and than send an email with link to chaps_ks@yahoo.ca to claim your licence / PIN, remember only FIRST VALID CLAIM WOULD BE HONOURED, thank you!

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Beware of video conferencing vulnerabilities

Beware of video conferencing vulnerabilities
 Video conferencing is one of the most widely used tools for conducting conferences and meetings. You can initiate or take part in a video conference with anyone at any point in time and too from any location around the world. This is a great collaboration tool that saves time and money which other would have been spent on travels. However, the biggest benefit of videoconferencing is that it facilitates effective employee collaboration and helps them stay connected on a regular basis.

Security Concerns
Recently videoconferencing has been marred with some security issues which led to immense losses for some business. The same can pose a threat to your business as well if you have been using videoconferencing on a regular basis. The latest videoconferencing solutions use the internet and this makes it highly vulnerable to eavesdropping. The confidential conversations of your company can be leaked by the eavesdroppers if they are able to get access to the secured network. 

As mentioned earlier, the latest videoconferencing solutions operate over the internet and the eavesdroppers can get access to your secured network. The bad guys can actually make life really difficult for the business houses if they are able to secure access to your network by using the holes in the videoconferencing system. The breach will not only allow the eavesdroppers heart the confidential conversations but also answer calls. The videoconferencing solutions that do not use a firewall protection can be easily accessed by the hackers.

Hacking
The threat becomes even more critical when the hackers are able to gain access to conference rooms of the companies that work with sensitive data, which might include anything from legal documents to health records. A few of such network breaches allowed the hackers to use the IP cameras and zoom in on the sensitive documents and even capture the keystrokes when participants typed passwords.

Videoconferencing systems can be vulnerable to some other forms of attacks wherein the hackers can disrupt important meetings by getting into the middle of conversations or completely disconnecting some of the participants in a conference. The hackers can even redirect the network traffic to pass through their computers and create a lot of problems for the concerned companies.

Less Risks with Secured Network
If you have an intranet setting for installing your videoconferencing system then the risks are much lower for your organization. You will be using the secured network of your company instead of the internet to connect to the different buildings of your company or branch offices at other locations. Hackers seldom find their way into secured internal company networks as it is tougher to breach the security. However, if you are using third party videoconferencing solutions then the traffic would be transmitted over the internet making it vulnerable to security threats. You can overcome this problem by beefing up the internet security and giving core network access to only reliable employees.

Two Pronged Protection
There is a two pronged approach to making your videoconferencing sessions safe – create a secured network for the videoconferencing system to work on and choose a solution that uses the updated digital certificates and standard encryption. This will eventually help the videoconferencing solution to securely connect with your network. It is also important that you use a robust network firewall which can filter and keep an eye on the unwanted traffic.  In case the videoconferencing solution used by your organization does not require a password for connecting then it is important that you disable it immediately. You will need to make it really difficult for the hackers to gain access to your network and this can be achieved when you carry out network audits from time to time. Regular firewall and network updates are a must if you want to keep eavesdroppers at bay and make optimum use of your videoconferencing solution.

About the author
Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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Best practices for planning and deploying SIP trunking for PSTN


Best practices for planning and deploying SIP trunking for PSTN
Best practices for planning and deploying SIP trunking for PSTN
 Once you have decided to go ahead with SIP trunking for your PSTN communication system then it is imperative that you carry out the right planning and preparation. Here is a list of best practices that will definitely help you to plan, prepare and deploy SIT trunking for PSTN:

Preparing and planning:

·         A very important part of preparation and planning is the choice of the provider. You need to find a provider that is the owner of the delivery medium that goes all the way to our premises besides the service. Quality of Service or QoS can be guaranteed only by the last mile providers.

·         Often businesses are worried about your losing their DID or Direct Inward Dialing numbers and this is why they tend to retain the services of the PSTN service provider. However, if you are looking at hiring the services of a different provider, it is important to assess the possibilities of transferring the DID numbers and the time that would be taken for the same.

·         You will also need to evaluate the service offerings for the SIP trunk a little more carefully as these services are mostly unregulated and even the pricing varies from one service provider to another.

·         It is advisable to carry out a trial of the SIP trunk services prior to introducing the same into the production network of your business.

·          It is very important for you to evaluate and compare the TDM (time-division multiplexing) service with the latest features of SIP trunk. This is mandatory if you wish to retain all the current features of your telephone network. Some of the features to which you must pay special attention to are Malicious Call Identification (MCID), Multilevel Priority and Preemption (MLPP), voice-band data (point-of-sale [POS] terminal, alarm systems, etc.), caller ID delivery, recording, and 911 call routing and solutions. These features might not be present with the SIP trunks or might work differently from the TDM trunks.

·         You must ensure with your provider offers status monitoring along with troubleshooting. It is also important that you discuss the SIP trunk responsibilities with your provider.

Best practices in the Deployment are:

·         It is imperative that you have a proper plan before the deployment of SIP trunk for our PSTN network. There is no point in rushing until and unless you are sure about what you are being offered. Thus, it is advisable to carry out a test of the SIP trunks and find out whether the call flows are smooth during the operation.

·         You need to plan and mark the sites or user communities where SIP trunking will be deployed in phases. Barring the small sites, almost all the networks where the SIP trunking is deployed, a multi-phased deployment model is followed.

·         You will also need to decide the call flows that would be incorporated for each deployment phase. For instance, you need to define the inbound, outbound, overseas, general calls or contact centre calls during every deployment phase. If you want to analyze or demonstrate ROI or return on investment then it is best to use the contact centre deployments. However, the call centre deployments are the toughest to validate as the call flows are the most complex. It is really easy to validate the general call flows but the ROI is longer. During the implementation, outbound calls can be safely said to be the easiest whereas you will need to resolve DID porting for the inbound calls.

·         The costs associated with SIP trunk might vary from one service provider to another and from one country, region or continent to another.

About the author

Michelle Patterson is tech enthusiast with the latest developments and new technologies that are threatening and disrupting to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particularly in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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Busting Cloud Myths

How cloud computing helps and how not?
Busting Cloud Computing Myths
Cloud computing is the latest flavor of the season and businesses, small or large are lapping up anything that is being served them in the name of cloud. Cloud telephony, cloud computing and various other cloud based services or applications are being dished out on a regular basis. Since the business environment is rapidly evolving due to technical advancements made in various fields, it has become really important to have a better insight at the downsides of ‘Cloud’. Cloud is fraught with various misconceptions and myths – we need to bust some of these in order to put the realities in perspective. 

In this article, we are going to drill deeper and bust some of the myths that are often associated with cloud. Here is a list of some of the myths that even the most well-informed user have believed:
·         Cloud helps companies save thousands of dollars: This is probably the first thought that crosses everyone’s mind when we utter the word Cloud. Cloud certainly helps organizations save but it actually leads to better IT and TCO (Total Cost of Ownership). Cloud provides the right king of financial elasticity by creating OPEX and CAPEX flexibility. The deployment model used by cloud is highly flexible and this in turn enhances scalability and agility. Cloud provides the right boost to help the business make progress. Research reveals that organizations which have already implemented cloud-based technologies witness faster ROI fueled by enhanced internal efficiencies and innovation.
·         Cloud has the power to change everything – Don’t you all think that we are expecting a bit too much from the cloud? Just because a solution is cloud-based should not imply that it is all powerful and will change the way you do business. Don’t overestimate the benefits of technology because migrating to the cloud is not your ultimate goal - technology should have a positive impact on your business. You need to analyze the benefits that other businesses have been able to realize. You can do your own research on the customer experiences of migrating to the cloud. This is certainly going to present the real picture.
·         There is only one Cloud – This is certainly not the case because there isn’t any One Big Cloud that holds all the applications and systems. In fact cloud is much more complex as there are many interconnected clouds that share and deploy resources accordingly.  There are many levels, providers and models involved in making the cloud and all the applications and systems are hosted on this complicated web of clouds. It is not mandatory that one cloud would suit every business, so it is important that businesses keep their options open when it comes to choosing a cloud-based application or system.
·         Security is a concern for the Cloud – This is not the case because majority of the security concerns on the cloud are based on fear and there is very little fact to support that. It has been observed that majority of the security breaches were because of physical activities and there are a very few security breaches involving cloud services as such. Cloud service providers spend huge amount of money on building their infrastructure and monitor the cloud for any potential security threats. Cloud service providers are trying to build the right talent pool to keep in sync with the latest security requirements.
·         Cloud and data centers are the same: Cloud is not limited to just cloud computing or data centers – it is much bigger. We always believed that the organizational activities are limited to data centre as well as virtualization infrastructure. However, it is all about synchronization of cloud services and infrastructure.

About The Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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How M2M communication trends are transforming businesses?!


 The business world is changing at a rapid pace and within a few years we can expect to see billions of new devices attached to the Internet. All these changes will be aimed at making the Internet efficient and smarter. M2M as well as the Internet of Things are two of the most rapidly growing phenomenon on the Internet and they are both going to enable us do things in a completely new way. Here is a list of the most popular MRM trends that is transforming businesses all over the world:

Smart Metering
As a huge technological advancement that is largely going to impact the energy infrastructure, smart metering systems are being installed all over the world. UK is the first company to have taken the giant leap and is aggressively pursuing the consolidation of smart metering. The consumers as well as the government are going to get a huge shot in the arm by opting for cleaner energy.

Connected Cars
Even the non-professional drivers around the world are going to be a part of the safety drive through the use of M2M technology. It is going to improve the efficiency as well as safety while enhancing the multimedia experience while driving the cars. Drivers are going to receive information related to alerts, traffic and even the restaurants that they would like to drive to. The car’s navigator is going to be fed with the all the information and it would be displayed to the drivers on a real time basis. In the event of an accident or breakdown, alerts along with the car’s position will be sent to the nearest authority. As of now this facility is available with the top models only but the day is not far when it would be made mandatory for cars of all categories.

Extension of Transport Management
Extension of transport management with the help of M2M technology has been made possible. Now, it is possible to connect the vehicles with applications that collect the data from vehicles (distance, braking, acceleration, type of road etc) and feed them to a centralized system. The real time data can be used to enhance the service. The owners will be able to manage their fleet in a better manner and save on their operating costs. The vehicle companies that are in need of asset tracking are the biggest beneficiaries of this technology.

Consumer electronics being extended to everyone
Even a few years back, M2M was being seen as a technology that could only benefit the public organizations or businesses. However, this perception has been changed with various smart devices being extend for general use to the public. For instance, if you wish to track your fitness levels then you can use gadgets that would store all vital data pertaining to your health and in case of any abnormalities send alert to your doctor and concerned individuals. New devices are being developed and introduced in the market that would do a world of good to the consumers.  

Insurance Telematics
This is probably the best thing to have happened to the insurance sector in the last few years. Insurance Telematics facilitates the storage and flow of real time customer related information to the companies. The insurance companies are able to create better insurance premiums and the M2M sensors are used to monitor the driving parameters on a real time basis.  Thus, companies are able to check their operating costs and decrease frauds significantly. They will also be able to increase the loyalty while making competitive differentiation in the market.

Several other M2M communication trends are emerging in the market and all are targeted at making our businesses efficient and profitable in the long run.

About The Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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Advantages of Voice over internet protocol (VoIP)

VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is the new technology that has given a paradigm shift to business communication. Irrespective of whether you are running a small, medium or large business, you cannot ignore the growing usage of VoIP as the preferred communication technology. VoIP has gained the confidence of its users by giving them access to a world of advanced telephony features. It is time to go mobile and businesses are fast realizing that it is imperative to extend their communications beyond the four walls of their office building. Mobility, in its true sense, can be implemented only when you use the latest communication tools offered by VoIP.

Voice over IP is here to stay and the technical issues that once dogged latest communication method has been overcome with the latest developments. Let us look at some of the important advantages being offered by VoIP and how those can benefit your business:
·         Huge money saver – If you are getting bogged down by the telephone bills that you have to foot every month, it is time to seriously consider replacing your PSTN system with VoIP. The cloud based telephony system can help you save a lot of money, which can be realized within the first few months itself. VoIP does not use the traditional telephone lines during voice calls and instead uses your Internet connection. If you have a good data plan, all voice calls are sent as data packets, and does not cost you a penny.
·         Long Distance & Overseas Calls - Overseas calls are also cheap when you use the voice over IP. With SIP trunking, the Internet is used till the last mile, and you are charged only for that. Now, you need not put restrictions on the overseas calls and instead reach out to customers located anywhere in the world – all at a fraction of the cost of the calls made from PSTN phones. 
·         Get connected to multiple people in one call The traditional telephone system can be used for conversation between two people. However, in a VoIP call, you can use conferencing facility to connect to multiple people over one call. Thus, it is easier for you to arrange conference calls with your employees and customers.
·         No upfront cost for software and hardware – VoIP is offered by the third party companies and you do not need to maintain anything in your office premises. The software and hardware are maintained by the VoIP service provider and all that you will require is an Internet connection, and end devices such as an IP phone, or a digital phone. If you have an existing infrastructure like PCs, Internet connection, microphones and speakers then your operating costs are further brought down. The hardware and the software updates are taken care of by service provider.
·         Cool telephony features – Modern businesses need to stay ahead of their competitors and VoIP can play a very important role. There are amazing telephony features on the offing when you use voice over IP. Advanced features like voicemail, caller ID, virtual numbers, contact list, audio conferencing etc. can really help your employees to stay connected. They will be able to take care of huge volume of incoming customer calls, thus lifting the image of your business. Features like music on-hold will help you maintain glitch-free communication with customers who are put on hold. You can even integrate the VoIP with various other communication tools like Video conferencing which would definitely help your business operations.

It is time to take the big leap of faith because as is applicable with any new technology, your switch to VoIP will help you take maximum advantage of it.

About The Author

Michelle Patterson is excited with the new technologies that are threatening to change the way we stay in touch and communicate, particular in business. She works with companies that are introducing these technologies to make understanding them easy for regular people.

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iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3, cellular has Apple proprietary SIM which dances in US & UK, between carriers

Carrier-free Apple native pre-installed SIM:

The WIFI + 4G-LTE Apple iPad air 2 and iPad mini 3 cellular versions would have APPLE SIM pre-installed inside in the USA and the UK, so the user has a choice to hop between carriers (GSM / CDMA) or cellular networks, in USA one can jump in-between Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile , in UK it is EE,

Update: Why AT&T will lock your Apple SIM if/when you will try to flip between network or telco carriers? 

 http://mashable.com/2014/10/24/apple-sim-at-t-lock/

iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3, cellular has Apple proprietary SIM which dances in US & UK,between carriers
iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3, cellular has Apple proprietary SIM which dances in US & UK,between carriers
In US the Verizon is NOT a carrier which is compatible with iPad air 3 APPLE SIM, if a user wishes to use Verizon than he need to buy the different version of iPad air which is Verizon compatible, so please understand your needs and options first, before buying apple iPads now, 

iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3, cellular has Apple proprietary SIM which dances in US & UK,between carriers
iPad Air 2 & iPad Mini 3, cellular has Apple proprietary SIM which dances in US & UK,between carriers
This is really wonderful and a novel start from Apple Inc. this move will help US / UK cellular consumers to choose the best suitable or a cheap plan from a carrier of their choice, and they re virtually free to hop between telcos!

For international travelers they can choose the country specific plans with local carriers using Apple iPads or short term contracts,

The day is not far now when you will be able to choose the Apple as your cellular carrier in their hardware devices, iPad, iPhone and such all iOS things : )



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Hide or display caller ID, make, record free phone calls

Technology is for our benefit, not to be used for cyber crimes or hacking, there are many apps, using which can make the life easy, but also the vice-versa!

Many people wander how to hide their caller ID while making a phone call, if this is for fun than fine but when it is intended to make a crime, than this is inhuman!

An app which let you hide or display your caller ID to others and you also can make app to app free VoIP calls:

Hide or display caller ID, make, record free phone calls
Hide or display caller ID, make, record free phone calls
WePhone is an app like Skype or Viber which allows app to app (internet calling) free calls from anywhere to anywhere on WIFI or 3G etc. No roaming or overseas roaming is applied here, if someone do not have We Phone app than you can still call their phone numbers but for a payment!

The app can even record phone calls for free over iOS or Android devices, you can hide or show your caller ID (this could be really dangerous!) in this, that is why Indian government is worried over this app usage! 



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